'''John Patterson Green''' (April 2, 1845 – September 1, 1940) was an American attorney, politician, public servant and writer. He was among the first African American
s to hold public office in Cleveland
after he was elected as the Republican Justice of the Peace
in 1873. He served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives
, and in 1891, he was elected to the Ohio Senate
becoming the first African American Senator in the state serving from 1892 to 1893. Green is remembered for introducing the legislation that established Labor Day
as a state holiday.